Bryant University is a private New England university with a tradition of innovation and a global vision for success. Our new strategic plan, Vision 2030 , sets a trajectory for the next decade through academic excellence, outstanding student life, competitive athletics and student outcomes among the nation’s top 1% for ROI.
A grant-funded teaching postdoctoral fellow position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Kristin Scaplen within the Department of Psychology and the newly established School of Health and Behavioral Sciences at Bryant University. The Scaplen Laboratory studies neural circuitry mechanisms of memory for natural and alcohol reward using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster and a combination of behavioral, neurogenetic, and fluorescent imaging techniques. The candidate will contribute to these research questions and is encouraged to develop independent research projects in line with the overarching research focus of the Principal Investigator.
The candidate will also receive pedagogical training while teaching 1-2 courses per semester within the Department of Psychology and Health Science Program and engage in meaningful mentoring relationships with students in an undergraduate-powered lab.
This position is most suitable for a candidate interested in ultimately obtaining a faculty position at a primarily undergraduate institution. We are particularly interested in applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds and a commitment to supporting diversity and equal opportunity in education and research.
Candidate must have a doctoral level degree in neurobiology, neuroscience, biology, psychology, or related field at the time of hire and an interest in teaching undergraduates at a primarily undergraduate institution. Preference will be given to candidates with experience addressing research questions using the Drosophila melanogaster model system. Preference will also be given to candidates with experience in Drosophila genetics, optogenetics, and in vivo imaging methods, but highly motivated candidates with alternate experience are encouraged to apply.
The ideal candidate will be dedicated to basic research with strong communication skills and analytical skills, including statistical analysis of data using R, Python, Matlab, or SPSS. Candidate should have a strong background in behavior, genetics, cell biology, and/or molecular biology.